Miranda Lambert Has Tomato Pride
In what may just become the story of the year, Miranda Lambert is making sure no one forgets that a radio programming consultant suggested women should be played less on country radio if stations want better ratings, comparing female singers to the "tomatoes" of the broader country music salad.
Sporting a "Tomato" T-shirt designed by Martina McBride, Lambert posted a photo of herself on Instagram flashing a look that screams, "You're going to regret that statement." But it's not the first time she's responded to the debacle that's come to be known as #SaladGate, first calling "bulls---" on the theory back in May, when the comments were published in Country Aircheck.
McBride's T-shirts sold out quickly with all the proceeds going to her Team Martina charity, which aims to help at-need kids around the world. There's no word on whether or not the shirts will become available again, but the movement continues to gain momentum as female artists from around the genre ask fans to call their local radio stations and voice their own opinions.
Lambert is currently on tour with Kenny Chesney and played a surprise set at a small club in Chicago with her band's other band on June 6, taking the stage with Gwen Sebastian to sing covers of No Doubt's "Spiderwebs" and the B-52s' "Love Shack." She also joined Chesney onstage at the big venue to perform his famous duet with Grace Potter, "You and Tequila" (watch below).
The feisty Lambert is up for three awards at Wednesday's (June 10) CMT Music Awards, including the coveted video of the year trophy for "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood. She'll continue touring throughout the summer, with festival and arena dates scheduled through Oct. 17.
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